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Bellator's "Fab Five" - The Wrestlers Invasion

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USMC
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11.06.2016 | 5:48 PM ET


Scott Coker's plan is not just to sign the Chael Sonnen's and Tito Ortiz'... or the Phil Davis' and Rory MacDonald's.  The flip-side of Coker's plan is to also build from the bottom up.  

Coker has signed 5 elite level college wrestlers --National Champions and Olympic hopefulls-- who he intends to build up from pure amateurs. The hope is that he can build them into the next Daniel Cormier; who was a pure MMA amateur when Coker signed him to Strikeforce.

 Coker is calling them the "Fab Five".


MMA Torch - Tonight begins Bellator’s strategy of featuring USA wrestlers, a strategy to cultivate new top stars for the company (Aug 26, 2016) 

ESPN - Bellator hoping to turn young wrestlers into MMA stars (Oct 31, 2016) 

* Edited at 11.06.2016, 5:53 PM ET *

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WastelandWanderer
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11.06.2016 | 7:53 PM ET

Two words

Aaron Pico

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11.06.2016 | 7:59 PM ET

Pico vs Yazdani as juniors , Yazdan going on to win 2016 Olympics / epic bout / two greats in the making



* Edited at 11.06.2016, 8:20 PM ET *

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11.06.2016 | 8:14 PM ET





Pico ( as a junior ) vs Cuban/Italian Frank Chamizo,  another monster in the wrestling world , seniors Olympics and multiple World's medalist ( potential mma prospect too / think mini Yoel , 135 - 155 range potential..) Pico is a remarkable athlete and person , and at just 19 / 20 ?!? I think it could be a wild ride with this guy,  a legend in the making ( all hail lord Pico )

* Edited at 11.07.2016, 1:50 AM ET *

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11.06.2016 | 11:40 PM ET

That's interesting. Pico sounds like a great prospect. Fortune and Trice will also be very interesting to watch since their divisions aren't much to write home about.

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11.07.2016 | 4:50 AM ET

Fortune looked to be real athletic for a HW last Friday. It was against a can but I was really impressed.

Ruth got rocked but came back with his bread and butter in his wrestling and bloodied up his opponent.

I've heard nothing but good things coming out of Team AKA regarding Pico. Heard he knocked out Thomson in his practice. I know he has a boxing background too.

Jacob Thrice was an absolute beast in college. I could see some nasty throws and slam coming from him.

Excited to see how all these guys pan out.

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11.07.2016 | 7:36 AM ET

When is Pico actually going to fight?

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11.07.2016 | 8:29 AM ET

@rappin

Pico absolutely shredded his leg a few months ago. prob be mid next year he debuts

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11.07.2016 | 9:07 AM ET

Holly crap if we end up with 4 more Phil Davis-style fighters than stick a fork in Bellator cause it will be boring as all hell... Teach one of them how to properly ground and pound please!

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11.08.2016 | 6:10 AM ET

Has Pico given up Olympic aspirations for 2020?

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